Peat Deposits

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Peat - decomposing organic matter within waterlogged anaerobic conditions - exists around the world, but predominantly in the northern hemisphere. As well as providing natural carbon sinks, peat deposits contain organic and non-organic archaeological remains alongside a wealth of microscopic information about past environments, climate and human activity. A variety of analyses and dating techniques can be applied to peat deposits. Due to contemporary pressures for fuel and agriculture, peatlands (and the archaeology and environmental archives that they contain) are increasingly under threat.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSAS Encyclopedia of Archaeological Sciences
EditorsSandra López Varela
Number of pages7
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 23 Jul 2017

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